ICD-10 Diagnosis Code P37

Other congenital infectious and parasitic diseases

Diagnosis Code P37

ICD-10: P37
Short Description: Other congenital infectious and parasitic diseases
Long Description: Other congenital infectious and parasitic diseases
This is the 2018 version of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis code P37

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Code Classification
  • Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (P00–P96)
    • Infections specific to the perinatal period (P35-P39)
      • Other congenital infectious and parasitic diseases (P37)

Information for Patients


Infectious Diseases

Also called: Communicable diseases

Infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause. Infectious diseases are caused by germs. Germs are tiny living things that are found everywhere - in air, soil and water. You can get infected by touching, eating, drinking or breathing something that contains a germ. Germs can also spread through animal and insect bites, kissing and sexual contact. Vaccines, proper hand washing and medicines can help prevent infections.

There are four main kinds of germs:

  • Bacteria - one-celled germs that multiply quickly and may release chemicals which can make you sick
  • Viruses - capsules that contain genetic material, and use your own cells to multiply
  • Fungi - primitive plants, like mushrooms or mildew
  • Protozoa - one-celled animals that use other living things for food and a place to live

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


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Parasitic Diseases

Parasites are living things that use other living things - like your body - for food and a place to live. You can get them from contaminated food or water, a bug bite, or sexual contact. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not.

Parasites range in size from tiny, one-celled organisms called protozoa to worms that can be seen with the naked eye. Some parasitic diseases occur in the United States. Contaminated water supplies can lead to Giardia infections. Cats can transmit toxoplasmosis, which is dangerous for pregnant women. Others, like malaria, are common in other parts of the world.

If you are traveling, it's important to drink only water you know is safe. Prevention is especially important. There are no vaccines for parasitic diseases. Some medicines are available to treat parasitic infections.

  • Amebiasis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Amebic liver abscess (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Ascariasis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Creeping eruption (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Stool ova and parasites exam (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Taeniasis (Medical Encyclopedia)


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Uncommon Infant and Newborn Problems

It can be scary when your baby is sick, especially when it is not an everyday problem like a cold or a fever. You may not know whether the problem is serious or how to treat it. If you have concerns about your baby's health, call your health care provider right away.

Learning information about your baby's condition can help ease your worry. Do not be afraid to ask questions about your baby's care. By working together with your health care provider, you make sure that your baby gets the best care possible.

  • Brief resolved unexplained event -- BRUE (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Crying - excessive (0-6 months) (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Failure to thrive (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hemorrhagic disease of the newborn (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Hyperglycemia - infants (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neonatal sepsis (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Neutropenia - infants (Medical Encyclopedia)


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